Target: Michael W. Smith
Goal: Cancel scheduled concert at SeaWorld in light of the company’s history of mistreating animals.
Christian musician Michael W. Smith is planning to perform at SeaWorld on March 26 for the park’s “Praise Wave” concert series. This music festival is SeaWorld’s latest money-making ploy to save its nosediving brand, which is now associated worldwide with systematic cruelty. By bringing in Christian singers and musicians, they hope to divert attention from the fact that the whole SeaWorld enterprise is founded on the exploitation and suffering of marine animals, all the while generating revenue for the park. Don’t let them get away with it.
Good news came recently when SeaWorld announced that it would no longer breed orcas. This would never have happened without the massive backlash caused by the film Blackfish, a fantastic documentary that exposed SeaWorld as nothing more than a cruel prison for animals. The cessation of the orca-breeding program is a positive development; however, many animals—including orcas, beluga whales, dolphins and seals—are still held captive by the so-called amusement park, forced to live their lives in cramped tanks instead of the ocean where they belong.
The boycott of SeaWorld will not stop merely because they have ceased to breed orcas. It will continue until all of the sentient beings are released from confinement and sent to appropriate sanctuaries. With this in mind, events like the Praise Wave music festival must be opposed. Thanks to the continued activism of organizations like PETA, several musicians have canceled performances at SeaWorld, including Willie Nelson, Martina McBride and Trace Adkins. Please sign the below petition urging Michael W. Smith to follow their humane example.
Dear Mr. Smith,
I am sorry to hear that you plan to perform a concert at SeaWorld on March 26. As millions of people now know, a performance at SeaWorld is a tacit endorsement of the abuse and neglect suffered by all the marine life held captive there. SeaWorld is a nefarious company that profits from the exploitation of highly intelligent animals like orcas and dolphins. The conditions in which these animals are forced to live and perform are deplorable—the film Blackfish exposed this fact for all to see.
It is disheartening, then, to see Christian musicians like yourself use SeaWorld as a venue to convey themes of hope and kindness. The irony of this is plain to see—and it is tragic. I thereby respectfully urge you to reconsider your SeaWorld performance and to furthermore help educate your audience about the park’s sordid enterprise. Your compassion can save lives.
[Your Name Here]
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